Plenary Speakers

Vittorio Gallese
He is Full Professor of Psychobiology at the Department of Medicine and Surgery - Neuroscience Unit - of the University of Parma. A neuroscientist, his main contributions include the discovery, together with colleagues from Parma, of mirror neurons and the development of a neuroscientific model of perception and intersubjectivity, the Embodied Simulation Theory. His scientific production is attested by more than 260 international publications, the publication of two books as author and three books as editor. He was awarded the Grawemeyer Prize for Psychology in 2007, an honorary degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 2010, the Arnold Pfeffer Prize for Neuropsychoanalysis in New York in 2010, the Musatti Prize of the Italian Society of Psychoanalysis in 2014, and the Humboldt Forschung Preis from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany, in 2019.
Gallese’s research activity since its beginning has been focusing on the relationship between the sensory-motor system and cognition, in non-human primates and humans. He is currently investigating the neurobiological and bodily roots of intersubjectivity, empathy, aesthetic experience and of a variety of psychoathological conditions, among which Schizophrenia.
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Rukmini Bhaya Nair
Rukmini Bhaya Nair is Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and has since taught at universities ranging from Singapore to Stanford and delivered plenary addresses worldwide from Aarhus to Xinjiang. Nair's research interests are in the fields of cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, narrative, English studies, philosophy of language, techno-cultures, literary and postcolonial theory, gender, and creative writing.
Nair’s widely acclaimed academic books include Poetry in a Time of Terror (2009), Narrative Gravity: Conversation, Cognition, Culture (2003), Lying on the Postcolonial Couch (2002); Translation, Text and Theory: The Paradigm of India (2002) and Technobrat: Culture in a Cybernetic Classroom (1997). Nair is Consulting Editor of Biblio, a leading Indian review journal, and on the editorial board of international, peer-reviewed journals.
In 2006, Nair was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp for her contributions to the fields of linguistics and narrative theory and was a chosen a Fellow of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge in the same year.
More recently, Nair was awarded the prestigious two-year Senior Fellowship at the NMML (2010-12) for a project on ‘Contemporary Indian Keywords’. Her latest major grants have been from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology (DST) to conduct basic research in cognitive science on the theme of ‘Language, Emotion and Culture’ (2010-2014) and from the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR_ on the theme of early childhood development under the rubric 'The Capabilities Approach to Education" (2013-2016).
Head of Department, Humanities and Social Sciences, IITD, from 2006 to 2009 on her return from Stanford University where she was invited to teach in 2005, Nair’s honorary duties currently include being President's Nominee (Visitor) to the Central Universities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as being on the Academic Council of the Society of Fellows, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Open Society Foundation, New York and on the Consultative Board of the International Pragmatics Association (IPRA).
It is this question of the cognitive 'disturbance' and solace that language and literature simultaneously provide that preoccupies Nair, whose writings, both creative and critical, have been included on the syllabi of universities such as Chicago, Delhi, Harvard, Kent, Oxford, Toronto, and Washington. According to Nair, she does research for the same reasons that she writes poetry – to discover the possibilities and limits of language.
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Iraide Ibaretxe
Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, and Fellow of the Academia Europaea. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1999, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. (1999-2001) and the University of Deusto, Spain (2001-2003). After a short time at the University of the Basque Country (2001-2003), she went to the University of Zaragoza, where she teaches General Linguistics since 2003. She worked as an invited researcher at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, U.S.A. (2000-01) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Holland (2002). Her work focuses on the relationship between language, cognition, and communication from a typological and psycholinguistic perspective. She has published extensively on issues related to the biocultural bases of multimodal language conceptual motivation and processing, especially in topics retaled to semantics (polysemy, metaphor, lexicalisation) and iconicity (ideophones) from a theoretical as well as applied perspective. Along with numerous articles in national and international journals, her most recent book is Lenguaje y Cognición (Sintesis, 2021, Valenzuela). Keen on popular science and social outreach, she manages Zaragoza Lingüística a la Carta, a multimedia repository on language talks, writes in Revista Archiletras and Ciencia Cognitiva, and participates in popular science events (La Noche de Los Investigadores, Pint of Science) and mass media (Aragon Radio, Tercer Milenio, RNE).
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Anna Harris
Anna Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society Studies in the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). She has also previously held research posts at the University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne, and been a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, McGill University, RMIT (Melbourne), Brocher Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Before coming to Europe, she completed a medical degree in Australia at the University of Tasmania, and a Masters and PhD in Medical Anthropology at the Centre for Health and Society, University of Melbourne. Her empirical cases focus on the anthropology and history of technological medical practices, especially concerning questions of sensorality, embodiment and learning. She is a member of the Maastricht Young Academy, the Global Young Academy, and the Inner City Research Ethics Committee. Anna Harris also writes about hospital infrastructures on her blog:
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